Cleveland Indians Should Add Free Agent Reliever Boone Logan

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Boone Logan: The Lefty Killer

While Boone Logan will not be in the same breath as Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, and Zach Britton, he put up some numbers against left-handed hitters that compare very nicely to that trio of studs. For example, in 2016 he had a .139 batting average against versus left-handed hitters. That was lower than both Miller (.178) and Britton (.182) and just behind Chapman (.135). Even more impressive, his wOBA (weighted on-base average) against left-handed hitters was just .215, besting Miller (.220), Britton (.226), and Chapman (.226).

Over the last two seasons, his numbers aren’t quite as eye-popping, but he still bested Miller in batting average against left-handed hitters (.172 vs .197) and Chapman in WHIP against left-handed pitching (0.99 vs 1.10).

Logan also struck out over one-third of left-handed hitters he’s faced the last two years (34.2 percent), which was the 14th highest mark among all pitchers (minimum 20 innings pitched), and just ahead of Britton (34.1-percent). No matter what stat you look at, strikeouts, average against, WHIP, etc, Logan comes out near the top among relievers against left-handed pitching.